Did You Know? Rapid Increase from 2010 – 2015 in Hookah Use Among African American Adults


Among young adults, use of hookah tobacco (HT) is an emerging health-risk behavior. A newly published study examined whether the prevalence of ever-use and current use of HT increased among U.S. young adults (18-30 years old) in the period from 2010 to 2015 and whether the patterns of HT use differed across diverse demographic subpopulations of young adults. Researchers analyzed data from the 2010-2011 and 2014-2015 Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey.


Findings included:

·         The rate of current use of HT increased from 1% in 2010-11 to 2% in 2014-15.

·         The rate of ever-use increased from 7% to 12%.

·         The over-time increase was not uniform: the increase was most rapid among 26-30 year-old adults, non-Hispanic Black and African American adults, and in Northeastern and Midwestern U.S. regions.

·         The rate of HT ever-use was 16% for daily and 23% for occasional cigarette smokers, 23% for users of smokeless tobacco products, 37% for cigar smokers, and 55% for smokers of regular pipe (filled with tobacco).


The researchers concluded that because HT use is becoming increasingly more popular among young adults, methods should target not only cessation of cigarette smoking but use of all tobacco products.


Source: Soulakova et al. (2018). Prevalence and factors associated with use of hookah tobacco among young adults in the U.S. Addictive Behaviors, May 12;85:21-25. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2018.05.007. [Epub ahead of print]

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